231 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761 info@givingpress.com 808.123.4567

Month: February 2019

Why People Fail at Affiliate Marketing and Subsequently Fail to Make Money Online

Most people assume that making money on the Internet is easy and that will little or no effort, they will make millions of dollars over night. This is as a result of the sales pages of the trend setting gurus who make affiliate marketing seem like the dream job (which it can be as long as you are willing to put the work in).

Unfortunately, this mindset just opens the door to scam artists who use get-rich schemes as a cover to steal the money of hard -working, but desperate people.

And so after being scammed, the next logical step for a reasonable person is to quit, and so since adding to the ever growing list of those who fail at affiliate marketing. It is no wonder why only 5{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} manage to succeed.

I guess one barrier of entry to the affiliate & internet marketing industry is just the mindset towards it because what many people fail to recognize is that affiliate marketing is like any other business out there. You put in the time and the effort, and you will get back money and therefore, financial freedom.

Most people do not see it like this, and think that since they are in front of a computer in their PJ's instead of a desk in an office, they believe that for some reason, the money will start to pour in with little work. And so in other words, they are expecting a larger output with little or no input.

However, affiliate marketing / making money on the internet has many advantages compared to a standard business. You can begin with no start up costs, the work load is definitely a lot less, and since it is so flexible, it can be fitted around your everyday life.

Finally, all you need is a couple of hours in front of a computer for a few weeks and you can start implementing what you learn.

But why do people think affiliate / internet marketing is so easy. Well, as I touched on before, I think it is due to the regular sales pitches you get that promise to make you $ ???, ?? amount in just? days. What the sales pitch fail to point out is that you need dedication, willpower and knowledge to be able to succeed.

This is the main reason why people fail at affiliate marketing and subsequently fail to earn money online. They are tricked and gain a false interpretation of what affiliate marketing is all about and then dive in and end up buying the first sales pitch which see which is soon always, some get-rich-quick destined to fail.

So, if you want to avoid the crooks & scam artists, you must take your time and look for the right information and resources necessary for you to succeed. Also, add some sacrifice, persistence and willpower and you will be well on your way to success in the affiliate marketing industry. …

9 Steps for Managing Small Business IT

Information Technology has never been more affordable. Small businesses can now take advantage of technology that will help them level the playing field and compete with larger companies, even on a global scale. Yet, the costs for small businesses that compete with you have come down too. How do you use IT to gain a competitive advantage?

Business leads – IT follows

1. Use IT to provide value to your customers

If IT does not add value for your customers, what's the point? Technology should allow you to either, lower costs, provide better customer service, or develop new products and services your customers need. If deploying new technology does not do one of these, do not bother.

2. Do not buy more complexity than you need.

Efficiency is found in simplicity – fewer moving parts. Do not buy feature laden software if simple software gets the job done. However, you should take care to analyze and anticipate your needs so you do not under buy. A good tactic is to plan for a progress of features or capabilities that match your expected growth. Choose software that is easily upgraded and allows you to use your existing data with new versions or modules.

3. Apply technology only if it improves a process

A manual process is often the most efficient. Do not spend 200 man hours implementing a technology that will save you 8 man hours a month. Any technology should also add customer value over and above the manual process.

4. Monitor capacity, performance and health

Do not just set it and forget it. There are too many inexpensive management tools that will allow you to monitor your systems and alert you in time to avert a disruption of service. Something as simple as running out of disk space can cause a service outage that takes days to recover from.

5. Be proactive instead of reactive

Monitoring your systems also allows you to collect data that can be used for trend analysis. For example: By knowing the rate of increase in your disk space usage you can predict when you will need to add capacity and plan accordingly.

Replace your equipment before it wears out or becomes unreliable. Practice "life cycle management." Budget for computer replacement every 3 to 5 years. For example: if you have 40 computers, consider budgeting to replace 10 of them each year.

6. Plan for contingency

Hardware fails. Users screw up. Viruses are always a threat. It's prudent and cost effective to use redundant disk technology on your server, but you do not have to go crazy trying to build fault tolerance into all your systems. If you have 20 computers, having a spare ready to go only costs you an additional 5{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc}. That's a very cost effective way to increase availability. I've worked with large companies that will spend days trying to source parts and repair a computer while the user can not work.

7. Provide operational structure

Define the processes you will use …

Making Money in Your Underwear! The Jeff Paul Marketing System

No, no! I’m not talking about “how to make money by selling underwear’s o­n the Internet” I’m talking about Jeff Paul, the super marketing guru of 90’s who shouted “How I Earn $4,000 a Day Sitting at My Kitchen Table in My Underwear?” But it’s a GONE story now. What happened to Jeff Paul, o­ne of the most successful students of “Dan Kennedy’s” the father of Marketing?

If you were a subscriber of “Entrepreneur Success” or “Business Opportunities” in the early 98, you might have noticed Jeff Paul’s catchy ads, depicting him sitting at his kitchen and in his underwear talking over the telephone and counting money and ads like “How I earn $4000 a day sitting at my kitchen table in my underwear?” Jeff himself declared he makes 1000’s of dollars a day before his lunch! Those catchy, interesting and funny ads were run continuously for about 3 years in the early 98. But those ads were suddenly disappeared; Jeff Paul suddenly sunk somewhere in deep marketing competition.

When I started exploring information about Jeff Paul, I heard/read many interesting stories. Much information is not available about Jeff’s childhood or about his parents.

Jeff attended the University of Illinois where he studied anthropology. So I’m not sure of what direction he wanted to take in his life. He ended up dropping out of college and worked for his father’s retail store in Jackson Mississippi. He had problems with working for his father’s retail store and he was totally unhappy with his decision.

So Jeff decided that taking night school classes in accounting might lead him to a better career and income. After a year of classes he moved back to Chicago and purchased an accounting franchise for $15,000 and met his business partner. That was the first chapter of “Joint Venture” in Jeff’s life!

Unfortunately the accounting business didn’t last long because Jeff’s partner ended up stealing the company coffers. And the worst part is Jeff had naively co-signed an SBA loan which was being called due and payable in full, a whopping $204,000! That’s how destiny played in Jeff’s life.

Jeff was down o­n his luck and about to give up o­n his dream of financial independence. He found an opportunity to meet and work with Dan Kennedy. (Dan Kennedy is highest paid marketing consultant in America. Dan will give you at least 100 new ideas to improve your current business if you meet him!) Jeff had signed up for o­ne of Dan Kennedy’s seminars as a last bastion of hope.

Shortly thereafter, Jeff wrote his first successful direct marketing training course for Financial Planners and accountants. His company was called “Profit Plan Systems”. Jeff is more widely known for his mail order success course, How I Earn $4,000 a Day Sitting At My Kitchen Table in My Underwear.

Maybe you can still buy this particular course from classified ads and display ads in “Biz Magazines” like Business Opportunities and Entrepreneur. Jeff’s ads was selling teaser version of …

Tips For Saving Money

Still living from pay to pay? Or envying those great wealth accumulators and wondering how they did it? Every month you make a resolution of saving some dollars from your paycheck, but only end up breaking it. Looking for some magic formula for saving money?

Well, there's no magic formula-only some simple rules to be followed with determination and persistence.

Have you ever taken consumer credit-the credit used for personal finance? If not, then that's where you're missing. Those wealth grabbers, who are the subject of your envy, have smartly used the borrowed money and became rich. They did not hesitate in taking credit, and considered it as a valuable financial asset.

Credit is not something bad. On the contrary, it makes your life convenient and prevails you from falling in a tight spot. Yes, I know that your goal is to be a financially secure individual. We all have the same goal, do not we? Despite harboring such strong goals, many of us are scrapping every month, with no money left to fall back up on at the end.

I do not intend to entangle you in the intricacies of finance, but want to present before you, some simple rules that would help in saving some dough. But promise me that you'll put them to practice regularly. Although it takes some time-years maybe-to get the full results, yet the trick lies in perseverance.

Spruce your knowledge-get smart!
I'm not telling you to glue your eyes to the television watching the stock market or enrolling for a finance degree. What I want you to do is arm yourself with the basics of the market so that you do not make wrong decisions that cost you money. Intelligent decisions are the key towards a flourishing business.

Patience pays!
Without you win a lottery, do not think of getting rich overnight. But with time you can certainly think of owning bundles of those crispy dollars. So start saving your money as soon as possible. Let compound interest bestow you with its benefits. I hope you know about compound interest-it is the reinvestment of your already invested earnings. However, do not lose heart when you find your first reinvested earnings to be a petty amount. Initially, they are small, but over the years you'll watch them magnify.

Set a flexible goal
Do not be a ship without anchor. Set some financial goals in life so that you know your target. This will boost your confidence and you'll be able to visualize yourself better in the future years. I would suggest having flexibility in your goals. This is because situations are never the same, they keep on changing and you'll have to change with them too. Here, you can not be rigid in your ways. Keep reviewing your goals and-better still-select a good financial advisor that would assist you in achieving your goals.

Get rid of large debts
Want to know a wise way? Start paying off all your debts that have double-digit interest …

Pros And Cons Of Monthly Car Insurance

Many companies now offer customers the option of paying premiums for vehicle insurance on a periodic basis rather than as a single full term payment. When buying coverage for your automobiles, a typical policy term could be three months, six months or one year. By paying fees monthly, if it is allowed, the cash out of pocket to acquire the initial policy will be significantly less. Essentially, monthly car insurance allows you to have coverage on a thirty day installation plan.

One of the major advantages for purchasing coverage for your vehicle in this way is the up front cost. It is much more manageable and makes it possible for clients to pay smaller amounts over time. Budgeting is much easier when you can know the exact amount that will be due on a certain obligation for a period as long as the policy term.

You can specify the companies that offer this type of payment plan when you shop for policies. Many carriers offer options such as these when you request. You still have policies that last the typical time lengths, it is just the payment that is spread over the length of the term.

Another reason for choosing an installation plan for payment is the ability to shop around. If you find another carrier that will provide better coverage or prices, you can simply switch carriers. With a standard policy, the customer may have to wait for the policy term to expire before making a change. This may mean significantly more costs, even though you have found another carrier. Alternately, you would have to wait for a refund to be processed, which could result in another cash flow issue.

There are a couple disadvantages to paying your insurance premiums on an installation basis. The service charges for monthly processing can add up quickly. Some companies may charge as much as ten dollars monthly, just to process your payment. Over a year's time, you may pay more than $ 100 in extra fees and charges. For those who are on a very restricted budget, this can make a big difference in cash outgo.

When you purchase monthly car insurance, you must make your payments on time. If you miss a payment, companies have the option of canceling your policy with minimal notice. You may be charged a penalty to reinstate the policy. Even a late payment can be a black mark on your credit history. …

Electrical Goods Need Insurance

Proofs that people have used the concept of insurance can be tracked down millennia ago, starting with the year 3000 B.C., when the Chinese traders distributed their goods on several ships when crossing a dangerous river, while the Babylonians had used insurance regulations that were to be found later on in the code of Hammurabi.

The insurances nowadays cover the most varied areas: car insurance, health insurance, house insurance, electrical goods insurance and the list may go on. The electrical goods may be a profitable investment if we think of the work and time we save when making use of them. However, their maintenance could also cause a lot of money and time costing problems. Therefore, in order to avoid such negative experiences one needs to choose the electrical goods insurance.

Such insurance will come in handy, should your electrical appliances, like dishwasher or washing machine, etc break down and need repair. Moreover, in case the electrical appliance you buy already has a two or three year warranty, another option of this insurance would be that of extending the warranty period. Thus, after the warranty period offered by the manufacturer expires, your insurance will cover the repair expenses, should your electrical appliance break down.

Other advantages of domestic appliance insurance is that of covering the costs for an accidental damage, a network of approved repairs, new-for-old policy, 24 hours helpline and the list may go on. As you may see, the insurer has thought of everything, all you have to do is to allow both the electrical appliance and the insurer to take care of all the work.

In case you have your own business, such a laundry, for instance, you may receive a package offer from the insurer, so as to benefit from a discount. In this case, you might take into consideration that as a legal entity you might need professional indemnity insurance as a condition imposed by your collaborators in order to protect yourself and the company you are running.

Although one might see the insurance as an additional expense monthly, no matter what kind of insurance we speak of, it is actually a good investment on the long term. It is a profitable investment, as it will protect you from wasting time and money.…

You Work Hard For Your Money and Your Money Should Be Working Hard FOR YOU!

Many people, just like me, were taught all our lives that when you get any extra money that you are supposed to save that extra money at the Bank or Credit Union. Now, don’t get me wrong, those people who taught us this probably had good intentions. But, think about it, when you save your money at the Bank or Credit Union, do they just leave that money alone and just wait for you to come back for it? No, of course not. They may lend some of that money out and charge interest, and they may invest some of it in the global economy and earn interest. So basically, they make your money grow over time and traditionally pay you a small rate of return for your troubles.

What the Banks don’t want you to know

Have you ever heard of the Rule of 72? Well, you’re normal if you haven’t; because it is also known as the Banker’s Rule and they don’t really have much of an incentive to teach it to us. So, let’s say you worked really hard at your job and you got a $10,000 bonus. The way the Rule of 72 works is if you know the interest rate you are getting and you divide that into the magical number 72, that will approximate the number of years it will take for your money to double.

Based what we’ve been most likely taught all of our lives; you might just want to save that money at the Bank. And, let’s say that the Banks are giving a 3{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} rate of return (72 ÷ 3 = 24). That means it will take 24 years for your money to double. How many 24 year doubling periods do you think most people have? Not many. So, in 24 years the money would double to $20,000 and in 24 more years it would double again to $40,000. But of course, right now you’d be luck to get around 1{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} (72 ÷ 1 = 72) at the Bank, which means at that rate it would take us approximately 72 years to double our money! So, do you really think it is possible for anyone to retire if we are continually taught to save our money in “safe” vehicles that have traditionally given us very low rates of return on our money?

What if we were to get the same rates as the Bank?

I’m sure it is not that hard to imagine that the Banks can get at least 12{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc}, I mean Bank credit card averages around 17{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} interest. So, let’s image that we can get the same rate as the Bank, or at least 12{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} (72 ÷12 = 6). So, if our $10,000 were doubling every 6 years over 48 years – that would grow to over $2.5 million!

So, when you think about it, when you put that $10,000 in an account at the Bank, the Bank takes and invests your money – and if they …

Comments: Make Money Using MySpace

Make Money Online With Social Networking – You Can Really Make Money by Chatting!

There are lots of people spending lots of time chatting online. You can turn all this chatter into Cash. Teenagers sit at the movies texting and checking in with their buddies on Facebook. For the over thirty crowd this may seem a little extreme but the trend isn’t slowing down. All this chatter can create a steady stream of traffic for you.

If you have a website that you would like to create traffic for or a product that you are selling online then social marketing can be gold mine and a corner stone of your marketing strategy. It is particularly effective for those of you who enjoy chatting on line and connecting with lots of people. If this is natural for you then you will enjoy marketing with chatter. Your hours in the chat room will no longer be a waist of time but an opportunity to promote your product.

Here are some Quick Tips

Send Out Notices to Your Mailing List regrading Special Deals

This is old news. Everybody uses their mailing list to create traffic. The problem is that everyone including me is tired of getting junk in their mail box. You must learn to use this tool effectively. Only send out a blitz when you have something really great to offer. Also include something for free. People love free tips, free advice or free product offers. If your customers consistently open their mail and like what they get then they will keep opening it. If not you will soon be sent to the spam folder.

Subscribe to Chat Rooms and Forums that are related to Your Product or Web Site

If you are marketing dog toys then you need to be chatting with the dog lovers. The more you can socialize in these groups, the more you are going to build your customer base. Join as many groups as you can and chat regularly.

Start your own Blog or Join One

There are lots of Blog tools online. It is best to use a Blog area that already has traffic such as Google groups. Use Dog Blogs as a search term and you will find plenty of options to promote your doggy widgets.

Take a Sincere Interest in People Online

If you don’t like people then social networking isn’t for you. Don’t join a chat or start a blog just to sell. Be sincere and offer real tips and answer real questions. People will be impressed by your sincerity and be ready to accept a product offer from you.

Have your Link Ready

When the topic comes up that relates to your product or service then write a reply and include your link. Offer more tips, information or video that is available at that link. Forum readers will be interested in what you have to say and follow your link.

Don’t Spam the Discussion

There are lots of marketers who will send the same marketing message over and over to a group without being involved in …

Earn Money For Surveys

Today anyone who uses the internet will have heard about paid surveys. But is there any way that a person can earn money for surveys online that will be beneficial to them financially? How often have you received an email from one of these survey company’s which is asking you to participate in their surveys and all you have done is just delete the item rather than actually taking a closer look at it.

There are hundreds of company’s on the internet today who are looking for people to participate in their surveys relating to a certain product or service. This information once collected and collated by them can then be passed on to the company who produce or provide the service in question and helping them to find ways of improving their position within their particular market place. Some company’s who ask you to participate and complete surveys for them will pay as little as a $1 whilst other sites may pay you as much as $100. But how much you get paid will actually depend on what length the survey is. So the longer the survey then the more you are likely to get paid for completing it.

Certainly one of the best ways to find these survey opportunities is through looking at your emails more carefully when they arrive. But because we get so much spam and spoof or phishing emails today it becomes extremely difficult to differentiate between what is legitimate and what isn’t. However if you do decide to look more closely at the emails you receive you do not actually need to open them instead just quickly glance and see what surveys they have considered that you may wish to participate in. Then if you see one of interest you can read the email further to see what the survey company is actually offering you in return for you completing the survey that they would like you to participate in.

Some company’s when you are considering becoming a member will send through a sample one in order that you can decide whether this is something that you really want to do or not.

The other way of how to earn money for surveys online is by searching for Survey Company’s online yourself. Today there are literally hundreds of company’s who are now looking for people to take part in paid surveys online. Many of these company’s allow you to sign up to them for free and it often only takes a few minutes to fill in their forms, but you will soon find yourself to earn a little extra money that can help towards paying bills or buying something that you have been looking to purchase for sometime now.…